When following your dream lands you in Lobster Cove, Maine, anything is possible.
After gaining custody of his younger brother, Boone Jensen moves to a unique LGBT community on the coast of Maine. There, he hopes to find work as a stonemason, heal his broken heart and give his brother a safe place to call home.
Life was good in New York City for chef Dante Madia, until his business partner betrayed him. Determined to trust only himself, Dante risks everything on a new restaurant venture in a small fishing village built on acceptance.
Neither man is looking for love, but in a town like Lobster Cove, secret dreams have the ability to become realities.
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Copyright © Carol Lynne 2015. All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.
Boone Jensen pointed to the view out of the passenger window. “What’s that?”
Landon, or Laddy, as Boone preferred to call him, stared at the scenery. “Water.”
“The Atlantic Ocean,” Boone clarified before mussing Laddy’s light brown hair. He’d known since Laddy’s birth that their mom would need help raising his baby brother, but no one could have predicted that their mother, Gloria, would die of a heart attack at the age of fifty-three. At first, he’d worried that he wouldn’t know how to handle a sibling with Down’s Syndrome, but other than a few obsessive compulsive issues and a lower than average IQ, Laddy had quickly become the jewel of the family.
“Cool,” Laddy said, using his new favorite word.
“Yeah, cool,” Boone agreed. The drive from Gary, Indiana, their hometown, had been long but it was almost over. Within half an hour he and Laddy would be able to start a new life.
For two years, Boone had begged his partner Michael to move to Cattle Valley, but Michael had refused to entertain the idea. After Boone’s mother passed away and he’d gained full custody of Laddy, Michael couldn’t get away from Boone fast enough. With nothing else tying him to Indiana, Boone had taken the plunge and applied for one of the few remaining houses in Cattle Valley. He’d waited almost two months, but he’d eventually received a call from Mayor Nate Gills. Nate had explained that a local billionaire, Asa Montgomery, had purchased a small town in Maine in hopes of making it the refuge that Cattle Valley had become. Better, the new LGBT tolerant town, Lobster Cove, was in need of skilled carpenters and craftsmen.
Before the conversation with Nate ended, Boone had agreed to make the move to Lobster Cove, a small fishing village on the Atlantic coast. He still wasn’t sure what he’d find when he arrived, but he’d seen the video Nate had emailed, and from the look of the place, there’d be plenty of work.
Boone returned his attention to the winding road in front of him. It was July, which meant he’d need to check out the school before long. According to Nate, the council in Cattle Valley was working hard to weed through the applications in search of educators and other positions that still needed to be filled in Lobster Cove. Boone had discussed Laddy’s needs with Nate, and Nate had assured him they would keep Laddy in mind when interviewing teachers.
Shortly after Boone had turned up the radio and lost himself in the soulful sound of vintage Marvin Gaye, they came upon a large wooden sign that read ‘Welcome to Lobster Cove’.
Laddy sat up straighter as they rounded a sharp bend in the road.
When the small town came into view, Boone barely managed to keep a gasp from escaping. He pulled over to the side of the road and parked. Lobster Cove was laid out before them in all its glory. He’d noticed the brightly painted houses on the video, but nothing could have prepared him for the sight of them in person. His elation quickly turned to pain when he realized he may never be able to afford one of them. Medical bills and funeral costs had wiped out not only his savings, but also the equity he’d received from the sale of his boyhood home. For the near future, he and Laddy would live in a small, one-bedroom apartment. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but he hoped he could find enough work to pay the rent and have some left over to put into savings.
“Pretty,” Laddy said.
“Yeah.” Boone rolled down his window before sticking his head out to inhale deeply. The smell of the ocean combined with freshly mown grass brought on a surge of emotion. Christ. He’d never had such a strong reaction to a place before. Yes, the town, with all its colorful houses and picturesque waterfront shops, was like something from a calendar, but in his heart, he knew it was so much more. He glanced at Laddy, wishing he had the means to give his brother the fucking moon. “I found us an apartment to stay in for now, but maybe someday we’ll be able to live in one of those houses.”
“Okay.” Laddy shrugged. “Do you think they have candy here?”
Boone grinned at Laddy’s one-track mind. “I’m sure they do, but let’s check in at the rental office before we explore the town. Deal?”
Laddy shrugged again, which meant he didn’t agree but either knew he wouldn’t win the fight or couldn’t come up with the words he wanted to say.
Boone put the truck into gear. “It’s three now. We can get the keys to our new place and have the truck unloaded in time to walk downtown for supper. If we finish early, maybe we’ll take a walk along the dock. How does that sound?”
“Can I have grilled cheese?” Laddy asked.
“Sorry, buddy, you had grilled cheese for lunch. You need some meat and vegetables.” Boone hated the role of food police, but if Laddy had his way, he’d eat nothing but grilled cheese and candy.
Boone drove slowly through town, keeping an eye out for the rental agency. “Bluebird Café,” he said as they passed a cute diner.
Laddy wrinkled his nose. “I’m not eating a bluebird.”
“Neither am I,” Boone agreed. “Hopefully that’s just the name of the place,” he teased, poking Laddy’s side.
Giggling, Laddy knocked Boone’s hand away just as Boone spotted the place he was searching for. He parked and turned off the engine. “Are you staying here or do you want to go in with me?”
Laddy peered up and down the street. “You’ll let me stay here?”
Boone smiled. “Yeah. One of the reasons I wanted to move here is because I knew it’d be safe for you.” He narrowed his eyes. “But that doesn’t mean you can wander off.”
Laddy gifted Boone with one of his heart-melting grins. “I’ll stay here.”
Boone rolled his window down and gestured to Laddy to do the same. Knowing he could give Laddy a little more freedom than he was used to felt damn good. Once out of the pickup, he surveyed the sidewalk. A group of four teenagers walked toward them, three guys and a girl. It took everything he had not to insist that Laddy follow him into the agency, but Lobster Cove was being built on tolerance and he needed to believe that it extended to all members of the community.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is my first book by this author, and I just LOVED it. Just over 100 pages, but nothing felt rushed. We have Boone and his brother Laddy have just decided pack up and move to a LGBT friendly community after Boone gets custody of Laddy, his brother with Down’s syndrome, and his partner of three years walks out. Fresh start, new job, new life, the only problem is the job he’s taken is only for 6 weeks and he has little money saved. Hoping that he will be able to pick up work once he’s settled they pack up and he out. Dante is also moving to the area but for different reasons, his partner and he were supposed to open a restaurant together. Restaurant is still happening, partner not so much. Ava, Dante’s best friend has also decided to move at the last minute and together these four make a rat pack crew fumbling their way through a new situation, new feeling and trying to let go of grudges. The way that the community pulls together during a crisis, the friendliness all make for a wonderful quick read, little unbelievable but one can dream, right? I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews
FourandHalfStars Boone and Dante are both running from their pasts when they agree to become part of a new LGBT community on the coast of Maine. Dante agrees to establish a restaurant and Boone will work as a stonemason. I absolutely love the premise for this series. I love the idea of building an inclusive community from the ground up, and I love the smokin’ hot men Lynne has created for Lobster Cove. Both Boone and Dante are reeling from betrayal and rejection when they arrive in Lobster Cove. Lynne writes her men with depth and sensitivity. Boone’s care for his brother is carefully written and very moving. Dante’s care for his foster sister is equally endearing. I love the way the inclusive community reaches out to Laddy, looking past his Down Syndrome and offering him a safe place to belong. Realism has Boone and Dante engaging in very steamy sex from the outset even while they guard their hearts very carefully. Lobster Cove offers healing and respite, allowing Boone and Dante to slowly begin to trust and then love each other. In this first book, Lynne introduces glimpses of several other enticing residents of Lobster Cove, and I’m hoping there’s a book for each man. I really love this story - it’s a perfect beach read. I look forward to the next installment. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah
I do believe Ms. Lynn has a hit on her hands and a stellar start to a new series. Welcome to Lobster Cove not only serves as an introduction to the new LGBT-friendly community, it also gives us a look into the lives of two very different men with seemingly nothing in common but who find themselves drawn to one another despite their best intentions to stay focused on starting their lives anew in Lobster Cove. Boone moved to Lobster Cove for work and in hopes of finding a safe place for his brother to live. Because his partner of three years dumped him when he gained custody of Laddy, his teenage brother with Downs’ Syndrome, Boone has no interest in romance. That is, until he meets his new boss, Dante. Although not recently dumped, Dante has had his trust shattered just as badly when his best friend and longtime business partner Scott left town with most of his money, forcing Dante to close his extremely successful New York restaurant. Adding insult to injury, Scott was cheating on Dante’s sister and he felt guilty for introducing Scott to Ava. Fortunately, Ava forced her way into Dante’s relocation to Lobster Cove and her smart mouth kept me entertained as I never knew what to expect from her. I will admit that I was surprised by how she took to Laddy almost immediately and both she and Dante showed no hesitation in accepting him. Not only did she serve as a buffer/sitter when Boone and Dante got the chance to be alone, but she proved to be vital to the success of Boone’s pursuit of Dante. For the most part, the story flowed smoothly. There was a time or two where I felt as though I had missed a transition between scenes, but that ultimately had little effect on my overall enjoyment of the novella. The chemistry between Dante and Boone was great and made for some intense sexual interactions, especially when time was not on their side. Their relationship reservations were justified and fell in line with their pasts, especially when Ava provided Boone with her insight into Dante. And while I am looking forward to finding out whether or not Ava accepts the date request she received at the end of the book, what sold me on the Lobster Cove series was the way the community came together in Laddy and Boone’s time of need. I hope that future installments will allow readers to catch up with Boone and Dante and I look forward to meeting more of the residents of the Lobster Cove community. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!